Mrs. Bristyl


Bristyl Garvin is the Founder and Director of The Treehouse Academy. She first discovered her love of teaching while volunteering at an orphanage in Amman, Jordan. As a mother of six, Bristyl cherishes each child’s unique gifts, and believes education should honor individuality. Bristyl has a love for the arts, cooking, and gardening–but her calling in life is teaching and nurturing children with love and kindness.

Ms. Joy

Head of School | Liberty Station

Joy was born and raised in Utah, but has spent the past 37 years in sunny San Diego! Joy brings a wealth of experience and a passion for philanthropy to her role as Head of School. Prior to her current position, she served as the director of multiple charitable organizations in San Diego, where she demonstrated her strong leadership skills and ability to create positive change in the community. Her involvement in these organizations allowed her to contribute to various causes, including youth education, community development, and support for underprivileged families. As the mother of six and the grandmother of 12, Joy ensures that every child feels valued and supported in their educational journey at Treehouse. In her free time, Joy loves to bake, hike, and spend time with her wonderful family!

Mrs. Debin

Sprout Studio Guide | Liberty Station

Debin Dudum is a San Diego native and this will be her 9th year teaching. Debin has worked with infants/toddlers through middle schoolers. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from San Francisco State University and earned her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Debin enjoys learning from all of her students and appreciates each child’s uniqueness, especially through art! In her free time Debin loves going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son!

Mrs. Margie

Sprout Studio Guide | Liberty Station

Margie Meltzer has been a guide to young children for more than 15 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education (K-5) from Pace University in NY. Shortly after, she decided to complete the Montessori training and graduate program, this is where she would learn to teach in a particular way that would honor each child’s unique spirit. Since then, she has focused her attention on building a strong community base between families with the intention of supporting the whole child. Mrs. Margie has a passion for the outdoors, animals and art and loves to explore these topics with her class. She is a Mom to two amazing and very curious children who also attend Treehouse who are 10 and 6! 

Mrs. Kristina

Sprout Studio Guide | Carlsbad

Kristina is a Southern California native and has been teaching for over 20 years, specializing in Montessori Early Education for 15 years. She received her Bachelors in Sociology with an emphasis in Education from UCLA and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal Poly Pomona.  Kristina loves to create a child led environment where each individual can excel by feeling valued in their strengths and accepted for everything that they bring to the table. You can find Kristina spending time with her 4 daughters, doing Pilates, and eating at local gluten free restaurants.

Ms. Mackenze

Discovery Studio Guide | Liberty Station

Mackenze Tezak has been teaching for as long as she can remember, her stuffed animals and younger sister serving as her first students. She completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Moody Bible Institute and went on to teach for 7 years in Nicaragua and Spain, primarily teaching elementary students. One of her favorite things is integrating the arts into all subjects to bring the learning to life for her students. In her free time she loves to read, be outdoors, and experiment with various artistic mediums.

Ms. Montse

Discovery Studio Guide | Liberty Station

Montserrat Sanchez was born and raised in San Diego and enjoys spending her free time with friends and family traveling or at the beach. Montse graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Child and Family Development and a Minor in Spanish. As an older sister and educator, she believes in inspiring all children to grow passionate about learning and thrive with confidence and success!

Mrs. Corey

Discovery Studio Guide | Carlsbad

Corey Meyers is a California native, and has called San Diego home since 2008 with her husband, Mark. She has 21 years experience in public education, deciding to take the leap into private school this year at Treehouse! Corey has a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a M.A. in Teaching and Learning focused on STEM education, and an A.A. in Early Childhood Education. Her favorite things about teaching are the cultivation of lasting relationships with children and families, and using her creativity in collaboration with her students to create a fun, engaging, customized learning environment where they can thrive! In her free time she loves spending quality time with her husband, her cat Frankie, and extended family located all over the western United States.